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Lebanon : When and where to go?
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Lebanon: Climate & Weather
The climate is variable according to the seasons although it is generally classed as Mediterranean with lots of sunshine. Rain is just about non-existent between June and September; winters are generally mild along the coasts but harsher in the mountains which can experience heavy snowfall: There are actually several ski stations in Lebanon.
16°C - 61°F
Beirut, updated 03:00 GMT
What to do in Lebanon
Finally leaving behind its troubled past, Lebanon offers travellers its natural treasures, the imprint of several civilisations and a warm welcome.
Beirut, although still marked by years of conflict is a contrasting spectacle of diverse architecture, perfumed gardens, buildings under reconstruction, ancient alleys and constant bustle. Visit the National Museum, the Sursock Museum, the Grand mosque and the nature site, Pigeon Rocks.
Byblos to the North constitutes one of the oldest known constantly inhabited towns, its first known inhabitants date from the Neolithic period. It has seen the Persians, Romans, Byzantines and Arabs and you can see traces of these times when you visit the Baalat Gebal Temple, the Royal Tombs and the Roman Amphitheatre. The Souk and magnificent beach are also popular with visitors amongst many other points of interest.
Modern Tripoli possesses a historical old quarter that is very charming and lively too with it surprising Mamluk style architectural buildings.
Do not miss a visit to Tyr and its Roman ruins, the Gibran Museum at Bsharri dedicated to the artist who was born here, the Kadisha Gorge with its monasteries built into the rocks, the Roman ruins at Baalbek and the tourist centre at Zahlé on the shores of the Birdawni River.
Lebanon : The basics
Beirut Airport is well served by various international airlines.
A visa is required to enter the country; this can be obtained on your arrival and lasts for one month, it is renewable.
The currency in circulation is the Lebanese Pound. The budget to plan for is a little higher than neighbouring countries: Plan for around €40 doe a reasonable double room and €15 for a good meal, much less if you eat in the local stalls.
Concerning health precautions, follow the basic rules: No tap water, up to date vaccinations and anti-diarrhoea medication in your first aid kit.
With relation to travel within the country, given the size of the country, collective taxis are a good idea; fairly cheap and they are frequent too.
For your security, stay informed on the situation for certain areas of the country, especially around the border area with Israel.